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Indigenous players' leadership group representatives Greg Inglis and George Rose have launched the NRL's sixth Close the gap round. It will feature more than 50 activities across three States to celebrate the game’s links with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
One of the primary goals of the round is to help tackle the life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Indigenous Australians can expect to live 10-17 years less than non-Indigenous Australians.
Aboriginal babies are up to three times more likely to die before the age of one than other babies in Australia and Aboriginal people face much higher risks of heart disease, cancer and kidney failure.
Greg Inglis said it was important that Indigenous people were given the education and assistance to increase their life expectancy. 'There is no more important issue than giving Indigenous people the same opportunities as all other Australians,' he said. 'And that means providing the education, nutrition and resources to ensure Indigenous people can live longer lives.'